Super Eagles and Gent of Belgium defender William Troost-Ekong had an unofficial debut he won’t want to remember after scoring an own goal as his side fell 1-3 to Dutch side Willem II.
The Nigerian was handed a start by coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck in the friendly tie alongside two other Nigerians in Anderson Esiti and Rabiu Ibrahim.
Ekong’s afternoon was soiled when the 23 year old unfortunately diverted a harmless ball from Erik Falkenburg into his team’s net to give Willem II a 2-0 lead minutes into the second half.
He was substituted shortly afterwards with the coach keen on giving all of the players he has on the bench a run out ahead of the restart of the Belgian league.
Rabiu Ibrahim and Anderson Esiti were also substituted in the second half while Samuel Kalu made his debut following his move from AS Trencin. Meanwhile former Eagles forward Bartholomew Ogbeche was a second half substitute for Willem II.